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Between Nothingness & Eternity

John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu OrchestraAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMV08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Trilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de la Mer - Mahavishnu Orchestra
2. Sister Andrea - Mahavishnu Orchestra
3. Dream - Mahavishnu Orchestra

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Hot improv virtuosos push the creative envelope live in Central Park with this set of metaphysical melodies that transcend time. Trilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de la Mer; Sister Andrea , and Dream.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blistering fusion, faster than the speed of light February 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
You can call this album the live version of "The Lost Trident Sessions," the third Mahavishnu studio album for Columbia, unreleased until 1999. Recorded in New York City's Central Park, August 5, 1973, when they were the loudest and fastest band on the planet, it is the last recording (available) with the original line-up.
"Trilogy" is a good song--a nice composition with mellifluous harmonies. McLaughlin's distorted broken chords sound wonderful; the initial exhange in "The Sunlit Path" between him and Jan Hammer's Rhodes offer much more than just speed. There's a delicacy to this first part of "Trilogy" that I find absolutely charming. The second part, "La Mere de la Mer," is equally enchanting--what a wonderful theme, played on the violin, and followed by some really impressive but controlled drumwork. The last part, "Tomorrow's Story Not the Same" (and it's nice to see they corrected the spelling--"Trident" spells it "tommorow"), is a hard rocker with the double bass, and Goodman soloing while Hammer, McLaughlin, and Laird repeat the melody as a rhythm. Then, Hammer and McLaughlin get it on with the Moog and the guitar, and that's always good. What a trip.
"Sister Andrea," a standard jazz-rock-fusion tune (and as a composition therefore uninteresting), written by Jan Hammer, is one of those songs written to showcase the soloing talents of Hammer, Goodman, and McLaughlin.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Live Playing April 9, 2002
By kamus
Format:Audio CD
This album absolutely floored me. It's hard to believe anyone could play at the incredible level of intensity and virtuosity as displayed on this recording. It surpassed what I had thought even MO themselves were capable of. Sure, the extended compositions ramble in a few places and the sound is adequate but not first rate. But the playing!? Holy cow!!! The duet between McLaughlin and Cobham during "Dream" will make your jaw drop, as will many other incredible moments on this CD. If you have other MO albums and debating whether this one is worth having, then wonder no more. If you are new to MO this is the one record of theirs you *must* have. ("Birds of Fire" comes a close second). "Between Nothingness and Eternity" is unmatched for sheer intensity, power and masterful playing by any band on any record at any time in history. A very bold statement, yes, but true nonetheless-hear for yourself.
Highest recommendation!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unbeatable orginal lineup October 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album represents the only live recording of the original and unparalleled Mahavishnu lineup. Whereas later incarnations of the band lose the fire and raw energy of the first two albums, this album captures the band at its improvisational peak. I have trouble with later MO releases as McLaughlin is the only original member--they seem more solo albums than collaborative projects.
Anyway, the only reason this album didn't garner 5 stars is its wandering nature. On the first two studio releases (Inner Mounting and Birds), McLaughlin and Co. played tight compositions that were well organized and diverse. As complex and layered as Mahavishu's music is, it always walked a fine line between multifacted sophistication and improvisational chaos. On Nothingness, the band in their extended live versions tend to fall onto the chaotic side of that line, and the notes start running together. Otherwise, this is a great album.
Interesting side note: the studio versions of these tracks, available for the first time on the Lost Trident album, are superb, and not surprisingly, shorter and more coherent. The Nothingness album is much easier to enjoy once one has absrobed the studio versions, in my opinion.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Best of Jazz Fusion December 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Birds of Fire

The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Between Nothingness and Eternity

The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Lost Trident Sessions

Of all the jazz fusion groups, the Mahavishnu Orchestra was indisputably the best. Its violinist, Jerry Goodman, had migrated from gypsy rock group The Flock and brought with him a different, rock-oriented sensibility in ensemble and solo; keyboardist Jan Hammer was solid and fluent, especially when he was trading eights, fours and twos with McLaughlin and Goodman; bass guitarist Rick Laird was rock solid, more in ensemble than in solo (but listen to his driving solo in "One World" on Birds of Fire). But the two stars of Mahavishnu were John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham. Both cut their eyeteeth in their fusion work with Miles Davis. Guitarist McLaughlin cut his chops in England on the exceptional album, Extrapolation, with John Surman on saxes and Tony Oxley on drums. He joined up with Miles on Bitches' Brew and drummer Cobham and guitarist McLaughlin both played on the less startling but more disciplined Jack Johnson.

Cobham is an underrated treasure. Mahavishnu pumped out so much volume that it's easy to assume the drummer simply flailed away at the drums, generating volume at the expense of taste and precision. But if you listen, you hear every drum stroke when Cobham plays, with no sacrifice at all to excitement. He is a very controlled drummer, a throwback to the days of precision drumming a la Jo Jones and Kenny Clarke. What a treasure he is on these albums!

McLaughlin is out of sight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
By the time this album was released, the first incarnation of Mahavishnu Orchestra had already disbanded. Read more
Published 2 months ago by POBIII
4.0 out of 5 stars Full-bore Mahavishnu
Eve though the sound was a bit sludgy for the Mahavishnus, there is plenty of passion in the playing and I always found "Sister Andrea" to be one of their strongest moments... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Plutonium57
5.0 out of 5 stars This is god level music...
One of my favorite albums of all time - these guys kick butt... There have been very few bands of this caliber in the existence of rock/jazz fusion, and this live album is an... Read more
Published 8 months ago by artymac
5.0 out of 5 stars The best from the best
If all live albums were as good as this one who would need studio albums? Their third outing and they hit it out of the ball park.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good.
I remember when this album was released and John McLaughlin blew away everyone with his amazing guitar work. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mark hepburn
5.0 out of 5 stars there are almost no words!!
I have read the reviews here even the less stellar ones (which I don't understand) cuz there is not nor will there ever be a performance like this ever again-PERIOD!!! Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
A classic Was a gift that was greatly appreciated by the person that I brought the gift for good disk
Published 17 months ago by K
4.0 out of 5 stars "guaranteed to turn your head into a BASKETBALL"
There were other Mahavishnu Orchestra albums after this one, with different lineups, but it's fair to say that for a lot of people this is really the last word from the band, and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by G B
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute perfection as always by the original Mahavishnu!
One of my more recent discoveries that I cant believe most people on earth have never heard of or have been fortunate to hear. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Pink Floyd in Space
4.0 out of 5 stars McLaughlin's epic 1973 quintet: pure magic, on stage in Central Park
This album, recorded in New York City's Central Park in the summer of 1973, is the only `non-bootleg' live recording now available of the original Mahavishnu Orchestra quintet:... Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by The Guardian
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